A report from Simon Morgan in Bayreuth:
At a news conference today ahead of the festival opening, Ring director Frank Castorf was asked why Hitler wasn’t one of the four heads in the “Mount Rushmore” line-up.
Castorf replied that he had made a conscious decision not to make explicit references to Hitler and the Nazis in his Ring, even if he had toyed with the idea of dressing Alberich’s slaves in Nibelheim in concentration camp garb, but ultimately rejected it.
“Ausfluege in andere Zusammenhaenge finde ich interessanter,” he said. (“I find forays into other spheres of association more interesting.)